The animal “staff” is used wherever the palms are too high and the work is too uneconomical or too dangerous for humans.
For macaques closely related to rhesus monkeys, the 6-hour day is worked from 7 to 10 o’clock in the morning and from 2 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon on palm trees up to 25 meters in height. There are no rewards. Not diligent are whipped in the old slave style.
First of all, the human being gains respect with the same means that a monkey-bob applies: with blows, strangulation on the collar, and threats.
He and his colleagues load hundreds of coconuts onto the trucks, which transport them from one picking location to the next. There is a lunch break when his foreman makes one, not when he wants. Work is done until five in the afternoon.
Sometimes strangers come by to watch, clap and shout. Then the foreman does not demand the same amount of work as usual.
Some even want to touch him and always, always this leash, so that he does not run away …
We are talking about the modern slaves, the macaca monkeys of Thailand.
Poachers take them away as babies from their breastfeeding mothers who are shot before. Some are also caught in the woods with nets or traps.
Their training, which often includes punches and whips, usually takes up to two years. Every command has to sit. During training and beyond, the monkeys are usually tethered or imprisoned. Sometimes they have little or no opportunity for social contact with other conspecifics. Until they learn to harvest the coconuts, sort them and put them in sacks.
The next time you use coconut milk while cooking, look at the packaging. If they come from Thailand, the nuts were probably picked by monkeys.
Harvest monkeys can hardly be ruled out safely. A guide can be the price. Monkeys are often used for cheap coconut products.
Large organic chains such as Alnatura or dennree have taken the issue seriously and exclude slave monkeys from their products.
My comment: This corresponds to medieval habits.
Completely devoid of rights and delivered to their fate, these monkeys, they are more like slaves on cotton fields.
And these are unfortunately not the only ones who have to provide their workforce.
I also think of other animals: donkeys as pack animals, who are fully packed and haul themselves through the streets and mountains.
Tormented elephants, whose will as a baby was violently broken, so that stupid tourists can ride on them.
Costumed and made-up monkeys as exotic fun for tourists.
Horses forced to pull carriages through the noisy city traffic to the point of complete exhaustion.
Ponies who have to turn round the day in so-called pony carousels for pleasure every day.
These are the present-day proletarians of this earth, “who have nothing to lose but their chains”.
With no hope for a revolution that would give them rights and free them from slavery.
“The proletarian is exploited. But his situation is not hopeless. He can help himself: He can look for allies, can organize himself, tells his tormentors to fight, so he has a chance to improve his situation. ” said Willi Eichler and that has come true in human animals.
Non human animals can not speak for themselves and certainly not put themselves collectively against their exploiters to defend.
They only have us.
It is all the more important that we speak for them and stand up for them.
Our solidarity is with the animals.
My Best regards, Venus